Hearing Loss and Dementia

Hearing Loss and Dementia

Hearing loss is a sensory handicap which is untreated in most of the cases. The onset of this damage is insidious which worsens over years and gradually the damage gets ignored. Initially people with hearing loss could hear sounds but either they think other people are not speaking clearly, pretend that they are able to hear or ask other people to repeat or speak slowly their conversations are filled with non sequiturs.

People with hearing loss get increasingly frustrated, and at times isolate themselves by not going out in parties, theaters, for movies, to restaurants or in social gatherings and become lonesome. Brain has to dedicate lots of resources for hearing. But then the clarity in words gets garbled then brain gets garbled message and thus brain has to allocate more resources at expense of other functions of brain. The social isolation leads to loneliness and research shows its linked to increase in inflammation in the body, in turn resulting in age relater disease like dementia and heart.

Becoming isolated makes risk for depression, heart conditions and research has shown that people with hearing problems have risks of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. So it’s very important that people go for tests for their hearing ability and if there is impairment, person gets proper aids and also undergo auditory training which helps them in keeping cognitively engaged.


Also the research has shown some fifteen percent of people having hearing aids; the devices they are using are not adequate for their hearing impairment. Hearing aids work better when distance between listener and sound is less than 6 feet and background noise is minimum, that preludes clear communication in airports, restaurants, theaters and many social gathering places.

Rose Marie Jewett said she got forgetful because she could not hear the information she should have heard to remember. Also the strain to tie pieces takes toll. And disability of not able to hear music altogether shuts the person from world and she couldn’t think well and memory thus gets bad and person kind of gets dull.

Linda S. Remensnyder who is an audiologist has taught Rose how to maximize the ability to hear clear in social settings. She fitted right hearing aids and the devices allowing her to hear better on telephone, watch television, hear music and hear also in public places. Thus prolonging the causal correlated effects of hearing impairments, hearing aids can help in making better life for people from the dementia and other such diseases.

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